March Madness - Princesa Sofia
Monday, March 30 – Palma Mallorca
The first day of racing for the Olympic classes at the Princesa Sofia Regatta proved to be a wild one with winds fluctuating between 2-32kts from all angles on the compass.
The Finn class were first up completing two races in the unpredictable elements. Canadian Martin Robitaille had a strong start leading the second race yet fell victim to the dying breeze rounding the left gate while the rest of the fleet rounded the right into pressure and better position across the line. Robitaille will look to improve upon his mid-fleet position tomorrow.
Laser and Radial sailors also experienced the yoyo effect on their course managing one successful race in 12-14kts with breeze flattening out towards the end. Canadians Robert Davis and Evert McLaughlin punched out a 5th place in their respective fleets while Tom Ramshaw settled for a 10th after making a penalty turn at the last windward mark. Lee Parkhill succumbed to the black flag in one of the many start attempts and will be cautious heading into the next qualifying races.
The 49er fleets were burning the evening oil returning to shore at 1915. Mori/Barnes were working out their regatta nerves with a slow start of 18, 28 on the day. FX Canadians Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd held their own in the heavy 25+kt breeze producing a 5, 8 currently sitting 9th overall.
The Nacra course fell victim to the wild conditions with widespread carnage however the Canadian team Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke survived the 40 kt gusts to post a top ten result currently holding 20th position. 470 Saunders team locked up one race with a 12, currently 23rd in qualifying rounds.
The forecast looks more stable for qualifying rounds continuing tomorrow as committees attempt to play catch up.
Full event rundown and results HERE.